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Bernie Ecclestone seems to rule out a possible return for the Austrian Grand Prix in 2013

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Liam48 - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 12:01 PM

F**k sake Ecclestone! I was really looking forward to seeing this venue reintroduced onto the calendar as this is the track I've missed most since I began watching F1 in 2000.

I love the track at Istanbul but it just doesn't fill up the grand stands as the Red Bull Ring does.


December 12, 2012 12:18 PM
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Red Bull Ring is AWESOME. Is he receiving major kickbacks from Herman Tilke or something?!?!?! The Turkish public CAN NOT AFFORD F1. They have said so. If Bernie didn't charge so GODDAM MUCH they probably could though.

Red Bull is one of the MAJOR money bringers in F1, why not make them and the fans happy???

sodesu - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 12:38 PM

This means nothing, he's probably just trying to put pressure on both the bulls and the turkish goverment at the same time.

What he's saying here really could be read both as "We will NOT be coming to Speilberg unless you're prepared to cough up a LOT more!" and as "We really want to come to Istanbul, really, all we need is for the government to push in just a liiittle bit of extra cash. Turkish F1 fans, please take note of this!". Oh and of course also as "Rest assured, if you don't we will not be going anywhere.". I think he's just dying to get a proper bidding war going.

...and hey, there's always his own circuit of Paul Ricard to go to if noone else wants to pay. A real win-win for Bernie, this.


December 12, 2012 1:01 PM

Bernie's pretty good when it comes to brinkmanship and he uses the press to wind folk up.

DM already runs 2 teams in F1, making him pay for a race might be a bit much.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 3:10 PM

Doesn't Bernie own the Istanbul track? IIRC he bought it when they had some financial troubles (after the FIA fined them 5M USD for some Cyprus indiscretion at the podium ceremony).

If he does own the track it's pretty clear where this GP is going to be held...

marcus - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 3:37 PM

Bernie wants to be everywhere at the same time, perhaps all races shouldn't be every year, if some were only every second year we can keep the classic tracks(and get some back) and he can still have some races he just have because they pay him good money. I think the audience will be bigger too if F1 only visit them every second year.

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